What’s On Guide – December 2017, North Cornwall & Devon

If you fancy feeling festive then North Cornwall and Devon have plenty to offer you!  Carols and concerts, steam trains and shopping, magic and Morris dancing, and even a barbecue!  What will you be getting up to?  Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed a great event!


Padstow Christmas Festival, Cornwall
Thurs 7 Dec – Sun 10 Dec

Showcasing Padstow at its best, the festival is one of the UK’s largest, bringing together chefs, local food producers and crafts-folk to celebrate Christmas in a captivating waterside setting. Attracting over 40,000 visitors, each year sees the festival increase in popularity.

Hark and Shout
The Bell Inn, Launceston
Fri 8 Dec              

Come and sing along – your favourite Christmas Carols and Songs of Cornwall

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Launceston
Fri 8 Dec              
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Launceston Town Square
A chance to come into town and support our local shops as they open for a night of late shopping and Christmas Festivities. Come and join us for mince pies and fun!

Launceston Christmas Market in the Square
Sat 9 Dec             
9:00am – 3:00pm
Launceston Town Square
A lively mixed market of locally produced meats, bread, preserves, crafts, plants and much more. Launceston TIC Tel.. 01566 772321 info@launcestontic.co.uk  

Santa By Steam,
Bodmin Railway
Until 24 Dec

Join Santa aboard his steam hauled train for a magical one-hour journey. Whilst on board you will be invited by the elves visit Santa in his festive grotto, where all children will receive a special present! There is also plenty of time for a photograph too so that you can treasure the memory! There are mince pies and seasonal drink for adults to enjoy. Bodmin Railway ‘Santa by Steam’ will help you to get into the Christmas spirit with Carols to enjoy on the platform by Liskeard Band. It costs £14.50  per person.

Christmas at the Milky Way
The Milky Way Adventure Park, nr Bideford
9th,10th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd of December

Father Christmas and his elves will be visiting in the magical grotto. Children will also receive a free gift included in the standard cost to enter the park and can have a go at gingerbread decorating!  For crafty children and adults, there’s also the opportunity to make your own personalised baubles and Christmas cards for a small additional charge.

Festival of Nativity Cribs & Christmas Trees
St. Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston. PL15 8AU
Sat 9 Dec – 10 Dec           
10:00am – 4:30pm

Teas, coffees and cakes will be served in the Choir Vestry. Guest organists will be playing at various times throughout the festival. Free admission but donations to St. Mary’s Church.

The Barrel Charity Christmas Run, Stride or Ride
The Barrel, Bude
Sat 9 Dec
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a 7 mile – 7 Pubs Charity community event in support of the RNLI he Air Ambulance Service and Bude Sea-pool. Meet at The Barrel in Lansdown Road at 1pm. Christmas fancy dress optional but definitely encouraged.

Bude Choral Society Concert
Sat 9 Dec             
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Bude Choral Society presents Mendelssohn’s ‘SAINT PAUL’ with internationally acclaimed soloists Arthur Swan, Darren Jeffery, Paula Quigley and Cheryl Rosevear at St Michael’s Church, Bude on Saturday 9th December 2017, commencing  at 7.30 pm.  Tickets £10 (schoolchildren free) to include refreshments. Retiring collection for charity.

Christmas in Words and Music
Central Methodist Church, Launceston
Sat 9 Dec             
Launceston Choral Society presents a popular concert of Carols and Christmas Music with Readings. Jonathan Mann, Conductor; Liz Jones, Piano; Peter de Blois, Organ. Tickets: £6 from Launceston TIC, Choir Members, on the door or 01566 772701

Rowan Williams Talk
Sat 9 Dec             
Venue: Launceston Town Hall. PL15 7AR
Introductions by Bill Ind(former Bishop of Truro) and Fr. Anthony Maggs. Tickets £10 or £8unwaged available online from www.crbo.co.uk or Launceston TIC Tel.. 01566 772321

Launceston Santa Run 2017
Sun 10 Dec         
Venue: Coronation Park, Launceston. PL15 5DQ
A festive fun run/jog/walk for all the family(inc Dog’s)over approx 3km course.Festive medals to all finishers plus gifts for children finishers.Adults £10 Children £8 Family (2+2)£30. Mr Dave Gordon on 01566 774706

Christmas Fair
The Castle, Bude
Sun 10 Dec
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Castle has been hosting a Christmas Fair since 2009. From stocking fillers to perfect presents, seasonal shopping from stalls offering local arts, crafts, food and produce. Café Limelight will be open throughout the day and we will be running a ‘pop-up café’ selling mulled wine and minced pies in the marquee.

Christmas Bingo in aid of Children’s Hospice South West
Grenville Rooms, Kilkhampton
Mon 11 Dec
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kilkhampton Friends Group are holding a Xmas Bingo on Monday 11th December 2017 at The Grenville Rooms, Kilkhampton. Doors open at 6pm. Eyes down at 8pm. Cash prizes and grand raffle.
A talk will be given by the community fundraiser Kirsty Newton from Little Bridge House and during a short break a warm mince pie and a drink will be available for 5op. All proceeds go to CHSW

Carols around the Christmas Tree
Launceston Town Square
Thu 14 Dec         
5:30pm – 8:00pm

The Tree will be lit, the band will be playing. Come and join us for a mince pie and a sing song to get into the festive spirit!

Trigg Morris Men Dancing
The Bell Inn, Launceston.PL15 8BQ
Thu 14 Dec         

A visit with their seasonal Morris, music & Mumming 01566 779970 contact@bellinnlaunceston.co.uk    www.triggmorris.co.uk

Bude’s Late Night Shopping Event
Fri 15 Dec
 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bude town will be holding its Late Night Shopping event.  Santa’s Parade will start the evening off at 5.30pm. Shops plan to stay open until approx 8.30pm.

Launceston Town Band Annual Christmas Carol Concert
Sat 16 Dec          
Venue: Launceston Town Hall. PL15 7AR
with guests. Entry free. All welcome.Licensed Bar. 01566 772977

Hengar Manor Christmas craft market extravaganza
Hengar Manir Country Park, St Tudy,  Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3PL
Sat 16 Dec

Over 20 tables selling locally made crafts especially for Christmas.  There will also be hot chestnuts, old fashioned sweet cart, brass band playing Christmas tunes, Workshop for the kids, Santa’s grotto, both £2 per child.  Hog roast, face painters, clowns, magic, mulled wine and mince pies plus much more fun and games for the whole family.  The bar will be open.  From 7pm Sporty Fox will be entertaining the kids with fun and games, prize bingo, followed by adults cash bingo .  The cabaret starts from 9pm ending the evening with a disco.  This huge event is free entry.

An Evening of Festive Music

Launceston Town Hall. PL15 7AR
Sat 16 Dec          

Presented by Launceston Town Band and Launceston Pop Choir. Free admission. Mulled wine. Bar. Retiring Collection in aid of Launceston Town Band.

Carol Service
St Michael’s Church, Bude.
Sun 17 Dec
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nine Lessons and Carols for the Community.  Mulled wine and mince pies to follow.

Lanhydrock Memorial Hall craft fair
Sun 17 Dec
9am – 1pm

Last minute Christmas gifts, visit us at this very popular craft fair.  We have just the thing for that last minute gift, our crafters have some very beautiful and unusual gifts on offer.  Ample parking at rear of building.  .  Disabled access.  Please note we have moved from Lostwithiel Community Centre.

Magic Martin
Sun 17 Dec         
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Launceston Town Hall. PL15 7AR
Your chance to see the full award winning show from the U.K. family entertainer of the year 2017. Tickets …Adult £6, Concessions £4, Child £4, Family(2adults+2Child) £18 in advance from Launceston TIC Tel.. 01566 772321

Stratton Community Carols
The Tree Inn, Stratton
Mon 18 Dec
Join us in the courtyard of the Tree Inn for our community carols around the 4 Christmas trees.

Christmas Carols
Widemouth Manor
Wed 20 Dec
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Carols 20th December.  In aid of the Children’s Hospice. The South West.  Poundstock Parish Carol Singers join us here at the Widemouth Manor for some festive singing.  Come along its Christmas , Free Admission, All ages welcome. Food and drink available.

Bude Town Band Christmas Concert
The Parkhouse Centre, Bude
Fri 22 Dec
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Listen to Bude Town Band in the Acland Suite, The Parkhouse Centre, Bude.

Boxing Day Barbecue
Clovelly Village, nr Bideford
Tues 26 Dec
12:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly.  With FREE entrance into the village all day, why not have a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt if you are up to it.  It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day.